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US elections: Indian-origin candidates lose Senate races in Maine and New Jersey

Indian-origin candidates Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon have lost their Senate race from New Jersey and Maine respectively.

By: PTI | Washington | November 5, 2020 2:42:28 pm
Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon (Source: Facebook,Twitter)

Indian-origin candidates Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon have lost their Senate race from New Jersey and Maine respectively, according to projections made by the American media.

Born to an Indian father and an Armenian mother, Gideon, the current speaker to the Maine House of Representatives, lost to Republican heavyweight senator Susan Collins.

Collins received 4,09,974 votes as against the 3,39,364 bagged by Gideon.

This was the fifth consecutive victory for Collins. In her remarks, she publicly thanked Gideon for “a very gracious call”, conceding the race.

Gideon”s father immigrated from India and worked as a paediatrician in Rhode Island, where Gideon, the youngest of four children, grew up. She moved to Maine after meeting her husband Ben, a personal injury trial lawyer with the lawfirm, Berman & Simons.

“While this election may be over, we have to work together to build a better future, one where everyone has access to healthcare they can afford, where we tackle our climate crisis head-on and where we restore our economy by prioritising the hard-working people in our communities,” Gideon said in her remarks.

“I am proud of the campaign we ran and regardless of the result, together we built a movement that will help us make progress for years to come,” she said.

Republican Mehta lost the election to Democratic incumbent Cory Booker. Booker received 60.4 per cent of the votes counted as against Mehta”s 38 per cent.

Kamala Harris from California is the first Indian-origin senator to be elected to the US Senate.

This election year, Harris (56) has scripted history by being the first-ever Indian-origin vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. She is also the first-ever Black and African American to be a vice presidential candidate of a major political party.

Mehta, a former US Food and Drug Administration official, was the first Indian American to have won the Republican Senate primary in New Jersey.

A biotech entrepreneur, innovator, healthcare policy expert and a licensed pharmacist and attorney, Mehta got his BS in pharmacy from the Rutgers University and his Pharm.D from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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